Datuk Abdul Rahman Mohamed Shariff, who is also Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS) chairman, allegedly transferred money from the foundation’s coffers into three accounts for his own benefit.
EMGS is a company wholly owned by the Education Ministry and operates a one-stop centre for international student services together with the Immigration Department.According to the first charge, Rahman, 63, is accused of transferring RM150,000 from the foundation’s funds to the bank account of Mudra Resources Sdn Bhd, a company which belongs to him, on Nov 22, 2018.
For the second charge, he allegedly used the funds to purchase two boxes of cigars – Montecristo Edmundo and Romeo y Julieta – worth RM3,049 on Dec 13, 2018.
Rahman is also alleged to have purchased a Rational Combi Oven and Ultravent Plus Exhaust Hood worth RM25,000 for Coffee Sandwich Revival Sdn Bhd, a food and beverage company belonging to his wife, on the same date.
The charges, under Section 409 of the Penal Code, carry a jail term of up to 20 years, a fine or both if convicted.
Rahman pleaded not guilty to all three charges before Sessions Court judge Azura Alwi yesterday.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Farah Yasmin Salleh Abdul Rashid Sulaiman offered bail at RM120,000 but requested that the accused surrender his passport to the court.
Lawyer Datuk Salehuddin Saidin asked for a lower amount and objected to the passport request.
“My client has to travel frequently as he has business in the United Kingdom,” he said.
The court allowed bail at RM100,000 in one surety and ordered the accused to report to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission office monthly. Azura fixed Feb 13 for mention.